Property Australia

Secret Stars of Property

Karen Jamal Karen Jamal February 16, 2021

We launch a new series this week that showcases the people who fly under the radar but are the backbone of our industry. Our first secret star is Leith Rees, IA Design Perth’s design director…


Introducing… Leith Rees, Design Director, IA Design Perth170221 - Story 3 - Secret stars - Leith Rees

Three words to describe my job… Creative, challenging and rewarding.

When I explain my role to people outside the property industry, I say… I am a workplace interior designer. Imagine an empty building or floors or a floor in a building… we create a completed office space for our clients which includes everything – walls, ceilings, technology, furniture, finishes, fittings, all documented and considered within a contemporary design – which represents them and their business.

My three daily work essentials are… Great projects, colleagues and coffee.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt in my role… Every problem has a solution.

My career motivation is… Creating beautiful, efficient, supportive workspaces for my clients and working with great people in the process.

My advice to others considering a career in my field… It’s demanding, varied, inspiring and much more technical than you would think!

The building or project that embodies what I do… So many great projects delivered over 20-plus years in design and all of them special for different reasons. I cannot choose – it would be like choosing a favourite child!

The inspirational quote I live by… Being happy doesn’t mean you have it all, it just means that you are grateful for all that you have.

This year I’ll be… Dreaming about overseas travel.

Who nominated Leith? Nick O’Hara, Regional Director WA, IA Design

What makes Leith a secret star? Leith is an integral part of the IA Design team. She is hardworking and sets a high standard of both workmanship and design throughout the studio while providing guidance and leadership to our design team. Her caring nature makes her a great mentor both in a design aspect, but also in her working ethos. Her creative mind, attention to detail and incredible experience provides our clients with exceptional outcomes and an unforgettable experience throughout the entire journey with IA Design.

Property Council members, do you work with a quiet achiever who is deserving of recognition?

We’re looking for the property industry’ ‘secret stars’. They might have an unusual job, be running an innovative project, have been a team linchpin for decades or a new addition that is shaking things up. Drop us a line to